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DHS National Honor Society inducts new members

By Bill Kelly

THE DALHART TEXAN

The Dalhart H i g h School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual induction ceremony on Sunday October 3 at the high school auditorium.

The Dalhart High NHS inducted a total of 15 new members, and also recognized one student who transferred from another school. 11 of them are currently juniors and four are seniors. The juniors who were inducted are Avery Baca, Kirsten Bezner, Joseph Gaines, Emily Hall, Zoe Meeks, Erin McDaniel, Ayden Reese, Maddy Stady, Jadyn Trusler, Jack Vermedahl and Reese Wieck. The four seniors are Alexis Davila, Jacqueline Garcia, Salvador Ortiz and Rhiana Todd. Carson Ingram is the transfer student who was recognized.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals established the National Honor Society in 1921. It was formed for four main purposes: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in students in secondary schools. Potential members of NHS are evaluated in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

In order to be eligible for NHS at Dalhart High, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Those who meet that requirement have the opportunity to fill out information forms about their extracurricular activities, community service, leadership positions, and work experience. A council of faculty members then reviews the information and makes the final decision about membership. Only those students who meet the qualities of leadership, service, character, and scholarship are accepted for membership.

Danielle Lewis, the current NHS president at Dalhart High, opened the induction ceremony with a short welcome speech and invocation. Libby Heiskell, the senior representative to the NHS officers, then led the audience in the pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags and introduced high school counselor Christy Dovel, assistant principal Sandra Richmond and Principal Scot Wright, who were special guests at the ceremony.

A special candle ceremony was held next. Each of the four NHS officers lit a candle and read a description of one of the four criteria for membership. After the candle ceremony, Lewis led the new inductees in the NHS Pledge.

Jennifer Bowers, the new NHS adviser, then introduced the inductees as they were presented their membership certificates and cards. Bowers also introduced the current members of the Dalhart High Chapter of NHS. Wright followed that with a few closing remarks, after which a reception was held for the members and friends and family.

Current members of NHS, who were inducted last year, are Lewis, Kennedy Green, Libby Heiskell, Molly Lockhart, Pierce Pfannstiel and Luke Rivas. Lockhart is vice president, Rivas is secretary, and Green is treasurer. Trusler was elected as junior representative.

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